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Women's Basketball Secures Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic Title Defeating Roger Williams 66-63 In Overtime

Springfield, Mass. - January 2, 2020 - The Springfield College women's basketball team captured the 2020 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Thursday afternoon as it bested Roger Williams, 66-63 in overtime, in Blake Arena.

The Pride sit at 8-5 while Roger Williams evens out at 6-6. 

For Springfield, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) had a team-high 18 points, four rebounds, and four steals while Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied 15 points, three rebounds, and four assists. Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) continued her impressive play with a stat line of 14 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. Off the bench, Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) provided a lift adding 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Springfield limited Roger Williams to 4-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc and also totaled 10 blocks in the victory. Hourihan and Goslin garnered All-Tournament team accolades. 

Roger Williams was paced by a 27-point 17-rebound outing from Karli Opalka and a 16-point, 10-rebound performance from Sam Mancinelli, both of whom were named to the All-Tournament team.

Springfield held a 8-6 advantage with 3:54 remianing in the first quarter as Jacques got freed up on a back door cut pass from Madeline Fay (Braintree, Mass.). At 2:11, Roger Williams was able regain the lead at 8-6 with a Sam Mancinelli layup. At 1:38, Hourihan would block a pair of shots from Opalka that led to Rachel Vinton (Holden, Mass.) finding Fay in transition for the low post bucket, which would even the score at 8-8. With 26 seconds remaining in the quarter, Jacques would catch a pass on the break and rip up the right side line to give the Pride a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

At 8:00 in the second quarter, Goslin would intercept a pass and finish through contact to give the Pride a 16-12 lead. With 5:12 remaining, a pair of Kendi Barnhard free throws would tie the game at 18 a piece. At 4:58, Hourihan would sink a jumper from the top of the key that would spark the Physical Therapy major to score the next seven points for the Pride. With 1:10 left in the frame, Jacques would get in the paint and a make a leaning jumper to give the Pride a 27-24 edge heading into the break. 

At 6:54 in the third period, Springfield would get their lead back up to six with a Jacques triple from Goslin. From there, the Hawks would close the gap to 33-33 with a pair of free throws at 3:57, to then take the lead with a three pointer from Jerahian. The Pride would find itself down five with 50 seconds left in the quarter, but would close out the quarter with free throws from Goslin and crucial three from Dzindolet to tie the game at 41-41. 

The lead never reached above three points for either team in the fourth quarter. At 6:52, Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) nailed a three to tie the game at 46-46, and later, at 1:53, Goslin would separate herself from her defender and finish a mid range jumper that gave the Pride a 53-50 lead. On the next possession, Opalka would coral her own miss and finish down low to make it 53-52 with 1:33 remaining. Dzindolet would respond for Springfield with another big bucket at 1:12 to give the Pride a 55-52 lead. With 11 seconds left, Sam Leone would draw contact and finish a basket and the free throw to tie the game. Springfield would get two opportunities to win in the final possession, but both came up short, needing overtime. 

 Springfield never trailed in the extra period. With 37 seconds left, Goslin forced a turnover and found Jacques ahead to give the Pride a six-point lead at 63-57. The Hawks responded with a three from Leone to trim the lead back down to 63-60. After Goslin made 1-of-2 at the free throw line with 22 seconds remaining, Springfield was up 64-60, but Mancinelli would knock down a triple out of a timeout to bring the Hawks within one at 64-63. Goslin would seal the game from the charity stripe, giving the Pride the championship victory.

Springfield will now turn to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play as they host Smith College on Tuesday, January 7 at 1 pm. 

St. Joseph's (Maine) 65, UMass-Dartmouth 54

Senior Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures, as Saint Joseph's (Maine) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to notch a 65-54 victory over UMass Dartmouth in second round play of the Hampton Inn West Springfield Naismith Classic Thursday afternoon at Blake Arena.

The Monks (7-5) trailed 29-23 at the break before opening the second half on a 7-0 run to gain a 30-29 edge just 3:38 after intermission.  Senior Ashley Brown's (New Bedford, Mass.) three-pointer with 2:38 to play in the third quarter forged a 37-37 tie for the Corsairs (7-4), but the Monks used a Quinn jumper and a three-pointer from junior Jordan Jabar (Waterville, Maine) to take a 42-37 lead into the final frame.

Saint Joseph's quickly scored the first six points of the fourth stanza to cap an 11-0 run and grab an eight-point cushion (48-37) on Quinn's conventional three-point play, but UMass Dartmouth responded with a 7-0 run of its own capped by Brown's conventional three-point play with 5:35 remaining.  The Monks scored their next 13 points at the foul line in building a late 10-point advantage, as the Corsairs got to within six (58-52) on a pair of Brown free throws with 37 seconds to play but crept no closer.

 Sophomore Alyson Fillion (Bedford, N.H.) added 17 points (including five three-pointers) and six rebounds in the win for Saint Joseph's, which received 10 points and six boards from junior Cassandra Stapelfeld (Brookline, N.H.).  Jabar added eight points and five caroms for the Monks, who shot 40 percent (18-45) from the field and connected for eight three-pointers while holding a 21-13 scoring edge at the foul line for the afternoon. 

Brown delivered a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and three assists in a near triple-double performance in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received a double-double effort of 12 points and 10 boards from sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.).  Junior Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points and six caroms for the Corsairs, who shot 31 percent (19-62) from the floor but hurt themselves with 18 turnovers on the day.  Brown and Fillion earned respective spots on the all-tournament team for their efforts in the two-day event.

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